Posted: Aug 8, 2013 1:06 PM by Brenda Bassett - MTN News
Updated: Aug 8, 2013 1:09 PM
MISSOULA - Montana Senator Max Baucus hopes that big names from the business world will translate into big time jobs in the Treasure State.
One of the most recognizable - and powerful - companies in the world will have a key role at the upcoming Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte.
Sen. Baucus announced during a Wednesday talk at the University of Montana on Wednesday that at Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, will be speaking at this year's event to help guide Montana business owners to broader markets - especially in the online world.
The Democrat says he hopes Schmidt's presence will mean more jobs for Montana. Schmidt helped build Google from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He's a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and was named number one of the "50 Most Important People on the Web" by PC World.
Schmidt and other Google experts will host an online workshop during the summit and although Baucus has an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, he still wants to know what Montanans want to learn during the summit.
"I want to make it the very best, and I can do that if I know what people want. So today's session - like other sessions around the state - is asking people, what do you want to see at our summit," Baucus explained.
"Tell us what you want...and I got some great ideas here on the areas we should focus in on to help Montana companies," he added.
Some of other well-known companies will also be on-hand in Butte, including Facebook, Boeing, FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company - even former presidential candidate, and international businessman Jon Huntsman, Jr.
The Montana Economic Development Summit will be held in Butte on Sep. 16 and Sep. 17.